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 Triple Layer Hazelnut Mocha Chocolate Mousse Cake | The Novice HousewifeOne of the most requested recipes by my family is the triple layer chocolate mousse cake I have posted before on the blog. And seriously, what’s there not to love about this cake. Its every chocolate lover’s dream dessert. Three different layers of chocolate in different forms- a dark chocolate mousse sandwiched between a rich flourless chocolate cake at the bottom, and  white chocolate mousse for the top.

So its not a biggie that every time I have made it, it has been appreciated a lot and thats why whenever I am at my parents, and we have company over that’s the first thing my mom suggests me to make.

A week back we had some guests over, so my mom wanted me to make the triple layer mousse cake again. I did not have access to white chocolate, but for long I have been toying with the idea of a mocha flavored mousse layer for a long time, so thought it would be the perfect occasion to finally try it out.

Since my dad is retiring and my parents are permanently moving to Punjab, my mom asked me to make use of ingredients in the refrigerator in an attempt to clean the fridge before packing it up. She had a bit of cream cheese left and I thought instead of a mascarpone mocha mousse (which was what I had initially planned) I should try a cream cheese based mousse recipe. I found a recipe on the Taste of Home website, and thought it was perfect.  Only change I made to the recipe was increase the amount of instant coffee called for in the recipe and adding gelatin to the mixture, since the original recipe called for it and I wasn’t sure whether the mousse would hold up in a cake form without the gelatin.

 Triple Layer Hazelnut Mocha Chocolate Mousse Cake | The Novice Housewife

I had a little apprehensions about how the cake would turn out, since it was the first time I was making this version. The cake turned out perfect. My sister-in-law who has had both versions commented that she actually liked this one more. Well, who doesn’t love coffee and chocolate together!

This is a great dessert, and being fairly easy to make, a perfect way to impress your guests with your baking abilities. One of my sister-in-law’s friend has also made a mango cake version of it, with excellent results, which you can read about in the comment section of the original post.

And since I am posting today, I will also throw it out there that two days back was my Blogiversary. I completed four years of blogging! Yay!! Something that started of as a way to just kill time in the beginning and not really with an intention to have it being read by anyone has grown up to mean something so much more for me. This blog has given me an independent identity, its my creative outlet, and made me discover so much about me that probably would have remain hidden had the blog not been there. I have learnt so much because of this blog and I know I will continue learning so much more. The blog has also introduced me to such inspiring talents out in the blogging community and even though the past few weeks I haven’t been able to catch up with the blogging community, these bloggers continue to be an inspiration to me everyday. And I know I have been slacking with responding to you comments, but I really am grateful to everyone who reads this blog, comments on my posts, or silently keeps a track of my posts, likes me on facebook, follows me on instagram or twitter. It truly means a lot. Thank You and hope you enjoy this recipe :)

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Browned Butter Snickerdoodles | The Novice Housewife

I have never had a snickerdoodle cookie. Which is weird because when I was in India I was obsessed with trying it out. When my friend and I wanted to open our own thing (back in 2009)- I wanted to include it in our menu, even though I had never tried it. I had only seen and read about it online. No bakery in India (as far as I was aware) sold these cookies. My friend could not understand my obsession with it, but anything with cinnamon sugar and I am already in love with it.

I really wanted to try a snickerdoodle from a good bakery before I made it at home to know how it should actually taste. But somehow it has always slipped my mind when I am out, and I have ended up trying other things. So I decided to try it out anyway.

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Chocolate deco Roll with Chocolate Malt Frosting and Slivered Almonds | The Novice Housewife #valentinesday

I talked about sharing the recipe for the chocolate version of the patterned cake roll in my last post and so here I am keeping my promise. (I have a video tutorial in the last post on how to make these patterned cake rolls. Check it out here)

I love these patterned cakes and had so much fun making them. Except for the faux pas where I did not realize I should have taken a mirror image of the design, it was all fun. And if V’s colleagues are to be believed they loved gobbling it down as well.

This cake is the perfect cake for Valentine’s Day, or heck any other day when you want to do something special for that special someone in your life. Why wait for Valentine’s Day?

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